From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Arles, between Tuesday, 17 and Friday, 20 July 1888
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b553 V/1962
Vincent thanks Theo for a letter, not for sending his allowance – he does that in letter 645 of about Sunday, 22 July. This letter precedes that one, as we can tell from the remarks about Gauguin (ll. 22-24) and Macknight (ll. 25-28). It is not possible to pinpoint an exact date, though Vincent has meanwhile started some new studies, which means that a few days must have elapsed since his last letter to Theo of Sunday, 15 July (642). We have therefore dated the present letter between Tuesday, 17 and Friday, 20 July 1888.
It appears from ll. 8-9 that Van Gogh enclosed an order for paint. It has not survived.
Gauguin’s illness (581)
- Garden with flowers (
F - / JH 1511), letter sketch. To the right of the sketch the following notations: ‘ciel bleu vert/ maisons blanches à toits rouges/ cyprès noir/ laurier rose et figuier/ tournesols’ (blue-green sky, white houses with red roofs, black cypress, oleander and fig tree, sunflowers).
Each line is preceded by a bracket:
‘bande blanc et jaune citron
bande orangé et vert
bleu et vert jaune
à gauche fleurs rouges, à droite vigne’.
(white and lemon yellow stripe
orange and green stripe
blue and green-yellow
red flowers on the left, vine on the right)